Kenya confirms 3 more COVID-19 deaths, 166 infections

New infections discovered in sample size of 7,077 tested in past 24 hours, health officials say

Kenya confirms 3 more COVID-19 deaths, 166 infections


Kenya’s health ministry confirmed three more coronavirus fatalities Friday and 166 new infections.

The nationwide death toll stands at 1,726, while infections hit 98,859, the ministry tweeted.

Recoveries increased 262 to 82,195.

New infections were discovered in a sample size of 7,077 that were tested in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 tests in the country of more than 55 million people to 1,114,198.

Kenya has seen a second wave of infections in recent weeks, with the capital, Nairobi, being the area hit hardest.

President Uhuru Kenyatta extended a nationwide nighttime curfew earlier this month to March 12.

In an executive order, he also announced a 60-day ban on all gatherings, except funerals and weddings for up to 150 people.

While schools opened last week, there is a 90-day ban on extracurricular activities, including sports, drama, music and exchange visits.

The virus has claimed more than 2 million lives in 191 countries and regions since first being detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 93.5 million people have been infected.

A separate study conducted in Italy last year suggested the virus may have been circulating in the country as early as September 2019.

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